Federal taxes: Preserve cuts, pursue reforms

Freedom Newspapers We’re heartened that President Bush is determined to reform the nation’s complicated and maddening tax code. Since the election, he has continued to tout such reforms, such as at his Nov. 4 victory press conference. We can only encourage such moves. We believe there are two actions he should pursue. The first is […]

Kerrys’ own tax records put his plan out of place

Freedom Editorial Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry enjoys low taxes — for his family. “According to the Kerrys’ own tax records … the couple had a combined income of $5.51 million last year and paid $704,227 in income taxes,” writes Stephen Moore, president of the Club for Growth, on Oct. 17 at OpinionJournal.com. “That means […]

Senior service members use tax breaks

by Tom Philpott Congress has passed legislation to end a quirky reduction in tax breaks that hits lower-income military families when their service members are assigned to Iraq, Afghanistan or other combat areas. Relief from the tax break glitch was part of the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 approved Sept. 23 and sent […]

Clovis man found guilty of identity theft

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and […]

Income is determined by one’s ability

Walter Williams Last month, the U.S. Bureau of the Census reported its findings on income and poverty. Median real income remained constant between 2002 and 2003 at $43,000; the official poverty rate rose slightly from 12.1 percent to 12.5 percent for a total of 36 million Americans; poverty rates by race remained unchanged at 8 […]

Kerry’s tax plan may not be what he thinks it is

‘Hope is on the way,” promised Sen. John Edwards over and over in his vice presidential nomination acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention. He meant, “Higher taxes are on the way.” After listing a number of proposed new government programs, he explained, “So now you ask how are we going to pay for this? […]

Raising minimum wage detrimental political battle

Freedom Editorial At least as often as every election cycle the effort to boost the minimum wage reappears on the scene. It’s a tactic particularly popular with Democrats as it makes them seem to care for the little guy and paints opponents as uncaring tools of big business. John Kerry recently set the stage for […]

Combat taxes clashing with income tax

Tom Philpott: Military Update An estimated 5,000 to 10,000 military members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan last year received combat-zone tax exclusions that had a surprising effect: They lowered family incomes. Some families saw a net loss in tax benefits of more than $4,000 because wartime tax exclusions disqualified them for more valuable tax breaks […]

Clovis Head Start moves to larger location

Reporter’s Notebook Clovis Head Start has moved to a larger location and is inviting Clovis residents to an open house on Wednesday. According to staff member Amanda Dawson, the new location at 901 Martin Luther King Blvd. will be able to serve 164 children, compared to 130 at the old facility on 1115 W. 2nd […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]